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Beacon House receives major funds for renovation project

Cash windfall: from left, District Lions Clubs International Foundation chairman Norm Alpen, Marc Morabito, Dudley Cottingham and past international director Bob Libin (Photograph supplied)

Beacon House, the headquarters of the Bermuda Society for the Blind, has been gifted a major endowment towards its renovation.

A windfall of nearly $50,000 raised by the Lions Clubs of Bermuda was matched by the club’s international foundation, and presented to members Marc Morabito and Dudley Cottingham.

The two received a cheque for $48,300 at the convention of Lions District 20-K2, representing Nassau County, New York and Bermuda, held at Uniondale on Long Island, New York earlier this month.

Half of the local matching funds were raised through the annual gas-o-rama held by Hamilton Lions Club, courtesy of Terceira’s North Shore Rubis gas station.

Beacon House, on the corner of Dundonald Street and Cedar Avenue, is undergoing upgrades to create an accessible and modern therapy and service centre for the blind and visually impaired.